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Continuing Education

Digging In: Place-Based Food and Garden Education for Teachers (Part 2)

Date: 9:00am PDT June 26 Location: Location varies

This course offers a continuation of the learning covered in part 1 of Digging In, and can be taken on its own by educators who already have some background in using school gardens.

Digging In Part 2 will go into greater depth than Part 1 by exploring the specific use of school gardens and urban agriculture to enrich classroom learning. This course assumes a garden is in place, questions and concerns about maintenance and implementation have been addressed, and the school learning environment has an ear tuned to gardening and learning. 

Participants in this course will:

  • Develop methods to incorporate critical thinking and inquiry skills about food and gardening
  • Develop mapping skills to explore food-scapes in rural and urban settings
  • Explore using school gardens to meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Design garden lessons using “backwards lesson” design techniques

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Thursday-Friday, June 26-27, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location Thursday: Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR

Location Friday: Abernethy Elementary School, 2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, OR

Instructors: Linda Colwell, Sarah Sullivan

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs

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About the Instructors

Linda Colwell received her culinary training at La Varenne in Paris, France. As Co-Chair of the Portland Chapter of the Chefs Collaborative, Linda became a leader in connecting farmers and chefs in the Willamette Valley. In 2005, she opened The Abernethy Kitchen, a USDA school lunch program for Portland Public Schools. She is the founder of the Garden of Wonders, a school garden education project in Portland, OR. These seminal projects have changed the way school districts source and prepare food for school lunches and teach children how food grows.

Linda has served on the local Chefs Collaborative and Slow Food Portland steering committees, and worked as a commercial salmon fisher, chef, butcher and sausage maker, and has led a pilgrimage to Transylvania to examine the relationship between rural agricultural practices and spirituality. She is a member of The Portland Public Schools Wellness Advisory Committee to the School Board, and board member of Friends of Zenger Farm. Linda is currently writing a collection of garden based activities for Portland Public Schools and works on Ayers Creek Farm in Gaston, Oregon.

Sarah Sullivan is the Program Coordinator for the Garden of Wonders program at Abernethy Elementary School. Sarah came to Portland in 2007 from Hawaii where she taught landscape and permaculture design and co-founded Hawaii SEED, the now-flourishing statewide coalition promoting sustainable, diverse, local agriculture. Sarah is the former executive director for the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, with extensive experience in organizational management, farming with children, seed saving, grade-school curriculum development, community leadership and fundraising. 

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